Our Pileated Woodpecker logo started life as an embroidered patch (see photo), the creation of Pat J. Moore.
Some 30 years ago Pat and her husband Neal retired to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but for 30 years before that they lived in Montgomery County. There they became active members of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) and its budding Montgomery County Chapter (now the Montgomery Bird Club). Pat served as MOS Secretary from 1986 to 1990 under MOS presidents Tony White, Bob Ringler, and John Malcolm. She participated in the Seneca Christmas Bird Counts for 18 years.
But it was as the Club’s “artist in residence” for which Pat was best known. Each year she drew name tags for the MBC social, with members’ names calligraphed. (Those were the days!) She also illustrated the covers of the booklets that listed the names of each year’s Club officers–an idea of Frank Witebsky, MBC President in 1979-80. And she drew and hand-wrote the
It was John Malcolm, Club president from 1989 to 1992, who asked Pat to design a patch for the Club. (At the time, club patches sewn on jackets or hats were very popular.) John wanted it to represent a Pileated Woodpecker because our local Christmas Bird Counts regularly tallied some of the highest Pileated Woodpecker counts in the nation.
Pat also contributed more than 30 beautiful bird illustrations for the first Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1983-87), including several owls and shorebirds. In 1987 she designed the winning pin for the annual MOS Convention and has been a judge for the pin competition ever since.
Pat was an English teacher, not a professional artist, but she was influenced by her father who did draw and paint and she took classes of drawing and of calligraphy. Her parents were also the source of her interest in birding: they took it up seriously when Pat got married, so when she subsequently visited she had no choice but to go birding with them.
Now 93, she still recognizes the calls of the Cedar Waxwings outside of her home.
Thank you, Pat!
Evelyn Ralston & Lydia Schindler, based on a phone conversation with Pat J. Moore, April 2021.
From left to right: One of the original patches; At the MBC Social 2005, Pat was present to cut the 40th birthday cake for the Club; Pam’s Willet in the 2nd Breeding Bird Atlas.